Former Everton target will join the Rossoneri in January.
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani has revealed that the club have a “pact” with Keisuke Honda to sign the CSKA Moscow star in January, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The 27-year-old’s agents were present at Via Turati, the club’s headquarters, on Thursday evening, and are believed to have agreed on a deal in principal that the Japanese playmaker will join in six months time.
The agreement comes after Santos withdrew their interest in Robinho, after failing to come to an agreement over the player’s valuation with Milan, while also failing to agree on personal terms with the player.
With Milan’s current “sell before you buy” policy, it is understood that the decision from the Brazilian outfit has scuppered their hopes of signing either Honda or Fiorentina’s Adem Ljajic this summer.
The latter had been linked with a move to San Siro ahead of contract talks with the Viola, but given Milan’s position it is expected that he will agree on a new contract with his current deal set to expire at the end of next season.
Instead, Milan will wait until January for Honda who will become a free agent as his contract is set to expire in December.
Galliani was said to be tempted to offer CSKA a small fee to help prize Honda away from Russia this summer, but it appears that the club are willing to wait until the New Year to snap up the Japanese ace on a free transfer.